Added by 2 of our members. More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again. When an attack by ruthless witch hunters forces twenty-four-year-old Stella from her home in London into the protection of the powerful Witch Council in New York, she has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive, yet she might not be any safer in their midst than the danger she escaped. Hidden from the Brotherhood in an extraordinary safe house by the sea where she is sent to learn her craft, Stella finds there is more than one dark secret in her new family: toile's sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful warlock but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human?
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More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.
Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from. There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence? Get A Copy. More Details Stella Mayweather 1. Other Editions 3. Friend Reviews.
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Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Illicit Magic Stella Mayweather, 1. Jul 09, Laura rated it really liked it. This was recommended to me by a friend that's you Jackie and I was told that this book would appeal to the YA group who wanted an older cast of characters. Since the main reason I don't read YA is that I actually get irritated with the teens, I thought this might be a nice change. Stella, our protagonist, is She's spent her life in London's foster care system, constantly being carted from one home to another since strange things seemed to happen around her.
We enter the story as she's walking home from yet another temp job she never stays too long, just in case someone notices she's different. The ladies at work warned each other to walk in pairs, and to be safe, since there have been many recent burnings of women. As she never ignores her instincts, she is very alert. Adn then it happens. She is being followed. And she runs! Hiding, she is in full-panic mode, just as someone grabs her by the throat and grits "Witch" in her ear, she poofs herself across the street!
Holy moly how did that happen? Stella is grateful her power kicked in when she needed it, as hers are super unpredictable, but at the same time, she even surprised herself. She runs to her flat, and while there, a woman knocks on her door telling her to come with her NOW. Stella figures the woman is nuts and then the nice lady poofs herself into Stella's room.
Just like Stella can do, only much more controlled. What happens from there is that they are attacked by the Brotherhood-an anti-witch organization. More, the Brotherhood then sends a video to the media detailing the witches they've burnt at the stake, and telling the world that they are coming for more.
As soon as Stella is rescued, she and her new friend Etoile hop the first flight to New York, where she meets many others like herself, then is attacked once more and this time it looks like an inside job, even thought it's blamed on the Brotherhood , and Stella is once more shuttled somewhere new. This is where the majority of the story takes place-a safe house where witches can learn the craft and come into their powers.
She meets both Marc and Evan and while she has feelings for both, only one will win her heart. In the meantime, very little happens. Once you can get used to the writing, it's a good book. It's not necessary to have a British bud for your English-to- English translations, as most words were obvious within their context, but a few did confuse me. Another thing, is that even the Americans sound English.
So, my non-American friends, do you find that many of our books sound American? But my feelings on this book are that while the book itself is more of what happens with Stella, and Stella learning to control her powers, when the action does happen, it's crazy intense. The writing is addictive and will make you want to keep reading. The ending was so hard! Why would you do that to us?
I can see our author rubbing her hands in evil glee laughing an evil laugh thinking "Yes, my pretties, you will have to read to find out This bothered me since they all had a lot invested in her, and while Etoile, and her sister Seren had a lot on their plates at the moment, I don't see them having left Stella to fend for herself in that house. I also don't see David not having called someone since he was there supervising clean-up. Evan, oh Evan, I hope you are okay, and that yoou go after her!
And Stella, you did all that covering your tracks to go to the one place that can be traced to you. Evan is gonna find you! I hope, I hope! And Marc, I really want to sit down and have a talk with Marc.
Final thoughts? It's not a romance, but there is a romance in there that I like, and it's not quite an urban fantasy-maybe more in the lines of a light UF meets cozy mystery. Enjoy readers. View all 6 comments. Shelves: stars-meh-readable-okay.
I am beside myself after reading this book. The story line is amazing and with some exceptional direction and editing it could be a hidden treasure.
It was very daunting for me to read. The grammar mistakes were plastered throughout leaving me questioning why the author chose not to use an editor, or at least a proofreader before publishing. I will try to revisit the book again and give an updated review. View 1 comment. Oct 01, Bry rated it it was ok Shelves: kindle , , urban-fantasy , series.
Well this started out promising. No really it did. I liked Stella at first, liked the plot with the Brotherhood killing off the witches.
Liked how Stella was suddenly dropped into a new world with new characters, new rules, and a new way of life. Sadly it all derailed like a damn train wreck. In the end though it was another cliche filled book with a heroine who is an idiot, secondary characters who never get more than a passing glimpse of a personality, and a predictable plot that failed to answ Well this started out promising.
In the end though it was another cliche filled book with a heroine who is an idiot, secondary characters who never get more than a passing glimpse of a personality, and a predictable plot that failed to answer any real questions and never addressed the plot from the beginning of the book.
You expect Stella to grow emotionally in this book. Yes she does learn to control her magic but she is your classic TSTL heroine. She plays 2 guys then wonders why one hates her, she constantly wonders what the hell is going on but never asks the right questions - instead she asks about other peoples pasts, customs, etc.
She seems totally shocked about who the bad guy was but from the beginning the suspect list was short and there were several hints. She is supposed to be 24 but instead reads like a 17 year old. Not one of them was really all that interesting - at least more interesting than your normal cardboard cutout secondary character.
The brotherhood plot where crazies were hunting down and burning witches at the stake was a great plot, yet that didn't even exist after the first part of the book, sadly the remaining plot was weak, hole filled, and cliche.
I thought I might giver the second book a chance anyways just to see if it got any better, but it didn't. Besides leaving everything behind because it is in their 'best interest' is the weakest plot line ever.
They needed her and just because it took them too long to get back to her she ditched them. Great friend she turned out to be. View all 8 comments.
Blog Tour – Interview with Camilla Chafer, Author of ILLICIT MAGIC & GIVEAWAY
June 20, by thedarkphantom. Camilla Chafer is a freelance journalist, non-fiction book writer and editor and debut novelist. I could be writing on anything from technology to politics to lifestyle or giving a lecture in any given month. Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story.
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